March Newsletter from the SS Robin
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The capital works are now out to tender and due back in about a week. At that point it will be all hands on deck to put the finishing touches to the Heritage Lottery Bid. Our new trustees have also been working hard, building the partnerships we need to take the project forward.


The West Ham unit of the Sea Cadets have chosen the SS Robin as their new home and will be starting meetings on Friday the 27th March, so we would like to extend a warm welcome to them.

As soon as the weather settles we are looking forward to getting out on the ship with our volunteers, to put to use the new deck pitching kit that has been provided with a grant from the Royal Docks Trust. Everyone is excited about learning these traditional shipwrighting skills and getting the wooden decks watertight.

We have already run a few of our popular 'hard hat' tours for the more hardy souls out there and are making plans with various groups for more tours and corporate volunteering days.

Andy Owler, a long time supporter of the Trust gave a fascinating talk on the SS Robin and Instrumentation in Victorian Steamships last week for the Institute of Measurement and Control. The members were so enthused that they are going to come and visit the ship. Thanks for a great evening Andy.



Conservation of the wheel starts. Also known as hiding from the cold!!!
Alex making sure the colour balance is right (I think) as he sets up for some more of his excellent shots of larger archive items.
Our Volunteers

Gary, one of our regular volunteers has agreed to lead a project for the Totally Thames festival. The SS Robin really want to be involved in this month long celebration of all things to do with the river, but as it takes place in September we may not be able to take people aboard the ship as (hopefully) building works will have started. Gary has agreed to help, in partnership with University of East London and the Royal Docks Management Authority, to create a walking tour around the dock via the SS Robin office. Thanks Gary :)


Alex, one of our first volunteers, made a welcome return to photograph some of the larger items from the archive. It is great to have his expertise available for these technically tricky shots. Thanks Alex :)

As always, you can contact Clare and Matt at

The SS Robin Trust
2d/2e Royal Victoria Place
London E16 1UQ

registered charity 1095884